San Juan Bautista Historical Society

About Us

The San Juan Bautista Historical Society is located in San Juan Bautista, California, home of the fifteenth mission in California's historic chain of Spanish Colonial Missions and home of San Juan Bautista State Historic Park.

Founded in 1965, the Historical Society's mission is to preserve, interpret, and provide access to the history of the historic town adjacent to these landmarks.

"The specific and primary purposes are

Our 1965 Charter states that one of our projects is to cause the citizens of this community to become more fully aware of the fascinating historical heritage that surrounds them here in the town of San Juan Bautista.”

To further these purposes, the Historical Society conducts projects, provides public presentations, and maintains the Carl Luck Museum located at the corner of Third and Monterey Streets in San Juan Bautista.

The Historical Society's two primary projects are The Digital San Juan Bautista Project, of which this website is a part, and The Jim Jack Cabin/Gas Station Restoration Project.

The primary goals of the Digital San Juan Bautista Project are to digitize and archive the photographic, document, and material collections housed in the Luck Museum and to make these materials accessible to the public through the use of all available technology.

The primary goals of the Jim Jack Cabin/Gas Station Restoration Project are to restore the building which houses the museum to its original design as a 1930s gas station and to appropriately preserve and landscape the Jim Jack Cabin, currently located adjacent to the musuem, and once the home of local legend Jim Jack, "The Mustard King."

The Goals and Objectives of the Digital San Juan Bautista Project are available here.

 

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